I feel like often times, people see courthouse ceremonies as just a simple, quick event where you just sign the papers, get your license, and then head on home – but it can be so much more than that!
I tell all my couples that, just like with any big traditional wedding, your special day is whatever you want to make of it. That means adding as much drama as you want, going as extra as you’d love, and making the day as big or fun as you two’s personalities are. Some ways to add some *pizzaz* to your courthouse ceremony day comes after the ceremony, such as:
I often recommend putting aside at minimum 2-3 hours to capture all of the above if they want to go all out because even the “smallest” event of a courthouse ceremony is a big celebration that deserves to be commemorated to the same extent as a big traditional wedding. Your love deserves it all.
It was such a pleasure photographing Shengting and Fengqi’s courthouse ceremony, which was at the Montgomery County Circuit Court in Rockville, MD.
Shengting first reached out to me about two weeks from their courthouse date, which fell at the perfect time for me since I was moving to DC just a couple days beforehand. When we hopped on the phone and planned everything out, it all just fell into place. I met them for the first time at the courthouse and photographed their signing of the papers, their first kiss as a married couple, and then visited the Glenview Mansion, about half an hour away from where they got married, for their private portraits afterward.
The Glenview Mansion is a great location during the summer because of all the shade it provides within their ornamental gardens. The tall hedges makes you feel like you’re entering a greenery maze with a small fountain and granite stairs. The stone archways just pulls everything together as well. The place was also relatively private, with only a few visitors walking by within the hour that we spent there.
I thought it was super cute that Shengting brought plushies as one of her props! She said she bought two because it was “one for her, one for him,” and that was the most adorable things ever since I haven’t had any couples do that before. So obviously I had to capture them sitting together with their plushies!
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